Wilder vs. Breazeale & Fury vs. Parker now possible
By Scott Gilfoid: The fallout of Tyson Fury’s decision to put off a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder could lead to some interesting match-ups in the next three to four months involving Dominic Breazealechallenging ‘The Bronze Bomber’ for his title, and Joseph Parker stepping in as the potential opponent for ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury.
Unfortunately, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Fury aren’t going to be fighting anytime soon. Top Rank wants to milk the rematch to let it wait for a while to help make it build. They obviously can’t let the fight marinate for six years like the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight did. That fight ended up making massive money by it marinating from 2009 to 2015. Those two were talented enough to stay on top of the sport for all those years. Wilder and Fury don’t possess that kind of talent, so Top Rank is going to have to put them in with each other soon.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had hinted about wanting to have Wilder-Fury fight marinate after he signed Fury. It was thought that Fury would resist that idea of taking an interim fight out of his strong belief that he should only be fighting the best. It was a surprise to some to see Fury agree with the idea of taking an interim fight. That kind of shows you where Fury’s mindset is at, doesn’t it?
The WBC has already been notified by Top Rank that the rematch isn’t going to happen right now between Wilder and Fury in order for them to take interim fights.
Here are the likely options for Fury and Wilder’s next fights:
– Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale: Wilder has no other choice but to defend his belt against Breazeale, because he’s the mandatory challenger. This is a good fight. Wilder wins once he connects with a hard right hand to the head of Breazeale to stun him.
– Tyson Fury vs. Joseph Parker: This isn’t a great fight, but it’ one that Top Rank almost surely put together. They co-promote Parker, so this is like a predictable fight. Parker is a limited heavyweight, as we saw in his fights against Joshua, Hughie Fury and Dillian Whyte. As long as Fury’s punch resistance is still the same since his fight with Wilder, he should be able to beat Parker. Never the less, Fury is going to need to be able to take some big shots for him to get past Parker in this fight. It’s not going to be 12 rounds of Fury pitching a shutout without getting hit. Parker is going to get his two pounds of flesh during the fight. If Fury can no longer take a solid head shot without kissing the canvas, he could lose this fight.
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